San Sebastian’s MICE industry reinvents itself
The MICE sector has not been twiddling its thumbs, it is working hard to adapt and recover its business to overcome the current COVID-19 situation. The establishments that are members of DSS Turismoa are active and reinventing their businesses through webinars, live classes, show cooking, streaming platforms, hygiene and social distancing protocols that guarantee safety etc.
The Kursaal is working hard to resume its activity as soon as possible, with specialised protocols for meetings and cultural events. Health will be protected through continuous disinfecting and cleaning and social distancing protocols will be implemented for every type of event.
The Club de Creativos is adapting its 2020 C Days, in which Donostia San Sebastián Turismoa participates, and will take to Facebook Premiere on 11 June to announce the pieces that will be included in the XXI Yearbook of Spanish Creativity. The event culminates in Donostia/ San Sebastián from 8 to 19 October with the presentation of the medals and the National Creativity Grand Prize.
The Basque Culinary Center is adapting its events and courses to the online format:
Online Gastronomic Events
The BCC is adapting all of its events to the digital model: online conferences with leading international chefs, live classes, talks for businesses, show cooking, congresses with simultaneous translation systems, etc.
Free webinars / Intensive online courses (paid)
The BCC is also launching live webinars and a wide range of intensive courses for professionals, a place to share knowledge and explore gastronomy from different perspectives.
San Sebastian Gastronomika-Euskadi Basque Country is adapting to the new normal by creating a major digital meeting place for culinary professionals. #GastronomikaLive is launched to offer diverse webinars with 50 of the world’s best chefs, professionals, and experts in other industry-related subjects, all with no expiration date. An opportunity to train, grow, and talk about the future of the industry post-COVID-19.
#GastronomikaLive will host multiple activities, all of them free: workshops, debates, talks, interviews about creativity, keys to the future, business economics, new business models, the sociology of food and eating, etc.
- More information: www.sansebastiangastronomika.com
The Basque Culinary Center (BCC) presents “Gastronomy Shapers”, an online initiative that features the participation of over 100 multidisciplinary professionals from the international culinary scene. Starting in September, the programme will offer BCC students and alumni the opportunity to complete their training with some of the world’s top chefs and culinary experts, including Ferran Adrià, Joan Roca, and Mauro Colagreco.
The FICOBA exhibition centre is working so that it can start hosting events and meetings again as soon as possible, using the spaces it has, e.g. pavilions, with ample scope to ensure social distancing. Health will also be protected through continuous disinfecting and cleaning and parking spaces will be kept further apart to follow social distancing measures.
Bioterra, the Basque Country's fair for organic products, bioconstruction, renewable energy, and responsible consumption, is organising a virtual event on Instagram on 5 June, World Environment Day. Called Bioterra Fest, the virtual event will extend into the weekend.
The fair will be held in its usual format from 9 to 12 October 2020.
Designed for incentive and event agencies, Hagoos launches a new service that makes it possible to live stream MICE events “as if you were in the Basque Country”. At a time when COVID-19 makes face-to-face events impossible, the goal is for national and international companies to be able to share the essence of the Basque Country through streaming. The formula includes experiences such as “the flavours of Basque cuisine”, “Basque culture and traditions” and “fishermen and the sea” and features exhibitions, demonstrations, virtual tours, etc., a combination of work and pleasure, with unique experiences that are 100% made in Euskadi.
- More information: hagoos.com
Conference and event organizer Lankor has launched a video reception platform which offers the possibility of e-conferences.
- More information: lankor.eus
TISA, which provides comprehensive and specialized services in conference, meeting and event organization, continues to work non-stop.
- More information: tisa.es